Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Rating: 
Yield: 
15 to 20 servings.
Ingredients: 

1 pound Fresh mushrooms, finely chopped
1\2 cup Chopped onion
2 tablespoons Butter
2\3 cup Dry white wine, divided
1 teaspoon Marjoram, crushed
Dash hot pepper sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup Shredded Jarlsberg cheese
7-1\2 ounces Alaska salmon, drained and flaked
2 cups Chopped, natural American pistachios
15-20 Squash blossoms

Instructions: 

Sauté mushrooms and onions in butter; stir in 1\2 cup wine and marjoram and cook about 10-15 minutes or until liquid is evaporated. Add hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper; cool. Combine mushroom mixture, cheese and salmon in food processor and process until smooth. Stir in pistachios. Stuff mixture into blossoms; arrange in baking dish. Baste with remaining white wine. Cover with foil; bake at 350°F., 15 minutes.

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Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!